Ontario’s support for families

Learn about funding that families can apply for if they have children who are not in school or child care because of coronavirus (COVID-19). Find out if you are eligible and how to apply.

Report price gouging related to COVID-19 to the Government

The Government of Ontario wants to protect consumers from being exploited for the products they need in response to COVID-19.

Please take a moment to report anyone charging inflated prices after Mach 17th, 2020.

Volunteer Toronto COVID-19

Join the team to receive informed updates, opportunities to volunteer from home and recognize frontline workers and get up-to-date information on filling immediate need.

CTV News Benefit Summary

Emergency benefits: What each province is offering during the COVID-19 pandemic

Every Canadian who is losing income due to the pandemic is eligible to apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, which offers $2,000 per month for up to four months. Applications are expected to open in April. The government has said that applications will be able to be made through CRA MyAccount or My Service Canada Account or by calling a toll-free number that has not yet been announced.

Jennifer Robson’s Benefits Summary

This document is adapted from information compiled and published freely by Dr. Jennifer Robson, Associate Professor of Political Management at Carleton University.

Dr. Robson is not affiliated with this website or its publishers. Any errors or omissions in adapting Dr. Robson’s are the sole responsibility of Live Event Community.

Hamilton Artists Relief Fund

Please donate to the emergency fund for our Hamiltonian artists!

100% of contributions are allocated directly to artists who apply to the fund.DONATE APPLY FOR RELIEF CALL FOR PERFORMERS

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hamilton Arts Council (HAC) presents the Hamilton Artist Relief Fund and Online Performance Series.

HAC understands that the outbreak of COVID-19 presents extraordinary challenges for artists and arts organizations in Hamilton, with unprecedented loss of revenue from performances, community events, education and professional presentations. 

The Hamilton Artist Relief Fund is focused on raising and distributing emergency relief funds for artists struggling during this difficult time and providing a curated online platform for local artists to present and perform to a virtual audience. 100% of the donations collected for the Relief Fund will be distributed directly to artists in need. 

Artists are a big part of what makes this city great. Visual artists, musicians, DJs, actors, directors, writers, spoken word artists, teaching artists, all rely on people being able to access their work through events that have now been cancelled. Please consider donating here. Every penny counts, and every penny makes a difference.

Are you a practicing artist in need of support? Relief funding can be accessed through a simple application form. Please submit your CV and a declaration of artistic projects and earnings lost due to the pandemic. Relief fund amounts start at $100 to a maximum of $1,000 based on individual needs.

The Hamilton Artist Relief Fund Online Performance Series is about uniting our community through a curated online platform that commissions artists to present and perform while raising funds. In preparation for this initiative, we initiated a survey to gauge the impact of this crisis on Hamilton’s arts community, determining that the need is significant and urgent. 

Our live video performance series of 40-60-minute presentations will feature Hamilton’s talented artists as we all work to raise funds for the Hamilton Artist Relief Fund. The Hamilton Arts Council will be offering $250 to each performer. Videos will be shared across all HAC social media platforms, along with daily video updates of our fundraising efforts. 

Video performances will air most days Tuesday-Friday in the afternoon through Facebook Live. Stay tuned on Instagram and Facebook to receive updates on scheduling and how you can participate!

Tenant Advocacy in Ontario

The Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO) is a specialty community legal clinic with a provincial mandate to advance and protect the interests of low-income tenants. We specialize in housing issues related to tenants in Ontario.

As we grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the most important steps we must take is to ensure that everyone remains housed. Stable housing is critical at allowing our health system to remain functional.

Many tenants in Ontario are anxious about losing their home. The loss of income is a serious risk for renters during this epidemic. Half of renters in Ontario make less than $40,000 a year and can lose their home if they experience a minor disruption in their income stream.  Evicting tenants into homelessness is cruel and has serious public health consequences. The last thing we need is more people going to hospital emergency rooms, living in encampments, entering emergency shelters that are already at full capacity, or couch-surfing.

COVID19 Toronto Info App

Open the link in the browser on your phone, and “Add to home screen” from the share menu. You can also view/interact with it at this link on your desktop browser. Feel free to add resources!

Ontario COVID19 Update Website

Lost Work Survey

The IATSE is lobbying the government on behalf of entertainment workers who are losing work due to COVID-19.  Although there are sectors that we don’t currently represent, as the union behind entertainment, we believe all workers have the right to be represented and so we are fighting for everyone, regardless of membership status.

In order to show the government the catastrophic effect this is having on our industry, we are compiling data to show the losses to entertainment workers. 


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